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February 23, 2014

Small companies to receive big recognition for local contributions

Gala to celebrate stories of success and growth within community

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“My mom and dad are here pretty much every day,” she said. “This is their baby, by all means. It’s not just something we are here selling, we truly believe in what we are doing.”

Modern Trailer Sales is not just being recognized locally for its business practices. For the last three years, Kirk said, her company has been nationally recognized in the top 50 of RV dealerships. The honor, Kirk said, is made through nomination of peers within the business.

The secret to their success, she said, is their customer service.

“We want repeat buyers,” she said. “No matter if it is a $5,000 sale or a $50,000 sale, we treat them the same.”

The business was started in 1951 by Kirk’s grandparents Charles and Voleta Kinsey, she said. The company employs approximately 25 people.

This is the first time Modern Trailer Sales has been nominated as the small business of the year, Kirk said.

The final nominee for this year’s small business of the year award is Gaither Music Co.

It might be hard to imagine Bill and Gloria Gaither, who are multi-Grammy Award winners, as winning any category that has the word “small” in it, but the couple’s business is the third contender in this year’s annual event.

The Gaithers have created more than 700 songs sung around the world including “Because He Lives,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me,” “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name,” and “Let Freedom Ring” and have 50 gold albums, 55 platinum, and five multi-platinum.

They have been honored as the Christian Songwriters of the Century and their television programs are broadcast to millions of households around the world.

Competing with local legends like the Gaithers is both intimidating and an honor, Kirk said.

“We’re excited about it,” she said of the nomination. “It’s been awesome to be nominated and to be nominated with two other great companies.”

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About the Gala What: Madison County Chamber Annual Awards Gala When: 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Where: Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive, Anderson Cost: $65 for general admission

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